Result: 1 – 9 to 0 – 9
Back row – Michael Griffin, Cathal Ryan, Brian Kennedy, Enda Kinsella, Ciaran Flaherty, Maurice Nagle, David Sweeney, Gary Maguire, Stephen Hiney, Stephen Perkins
Front row – Shane Durkin, James Duffy, Michael McGarry, Martin O’Sullivan, Conor McCormack, Conor Cahill, Colin Durkin, Paul Ryan, Tim Sweeney
Ballyboden St. Endas 1 – 9 St. Vincents 0 – 9
Exchanges between these two sides are seldom less than competitive and this game was no exception. Both teams were guilty of some wayward shooting with Boden striking 15 wides and Vincents accounting for 13.
Whichever side was going to grab a goal in this game was always going to have a telling impact and so it proved. Fourteen minutes into the second half, a well placed clearance by the excellent Stephen Hiney found Gary Maguire and his delivery dropped at the edge of the small box where Colin Durkin used his strength to get a vital touch and steer the ball past Declan Manning.
The score put Boden in front by 1 – 6 to 0 – 7 and with the slight breeze at their backs, they finished strongly with points from Paul Ryan (2) and Shane Durkin.
Vincents were first to score through Tomas McGrane. But from early on it was evident that the Boden defence was hurling with purpose. The half-back line in particular was superb – James Duffy, Stephen Hiney and Tim Sweeney.
The full back line wasn’t far behind with Conor Cahill commanding the central spot and Cathal Ryan and 19 year old Martin O’Sullivan giving Conor McCormack a relatively troublefree afternoon.
It took Boden eleven minutes to level the game through a Paul Ryan free and a further seven minutes would pass before Enda Kinsella added the next score – the first of a fine pair of points from the centre forward.
By the 20th minute Paul Ryan had re-written the scoreboard with another point following determined play by Maurice Nagle when Vincents suffered the loss of Ronan Fallon with a hand injury. Michael Griffin tried hard and put in a lot of useful work.
Despite Fallon’s absence Vincents finished the half strongly with points from Tom Russell a massive effort from his own 45m line which bounced over the bar and two split by Stephen Loughlin and Damien Russell to leave Vincents 0 – 5 to 0 – 4 in front at the break.
Vincents extended the margin to two points after 44 seconds of the restart. With the Vincents defence keeping a tight rein on the Boden forwards, the Boden management made a double substitution introducing Shane Durkin and Conal Keaney.
Paul Ryan narrowed the lead with his third pointed free in the 40th minute for a foul on Michael McGarry and this was followed a minute later by a fine catch by Conal Keaney who set up Shane Durkin for the equaliser.
Vincents had made some interesting moves themselves and half-time substitute Diarmuid Connolly – current Dublin football panellist drove over a fine score in the 42nd minute, the first of two.
But Colin Durkin’s goal two minutes later gave Boden the impetus to push for the line and Declan Manning was forced to make a fine save from Gary Maguire. Enda Kinsella shaved the posts with another effort as Vincents fought back. But some superb defending by Martin O’Sullivan as well as some great play around the middle by David Sweeney kept the Vincents men at bay. The latter helped set up Paul Ryan for a well taken point and another superb clearance by James Duffy led to Shane Durkin sending over the insurance point in the 60th minute.
Conor McCormack, Cathal Ryan, Conor Cahill, Martin O’Sullivan, James Duffy, Stephen Hiney, Tim Sweeney, David Sweeney, Michael McGarry, Gary Maguire, Enda Kinsella (0 – 2), Maurice Nagle, Paul Ryan (0 – 5, 4f), Colin Durkin (1 – 0), Michael Griffin
Subs: S. Durkin (0 – 2) for Griffin; Conal Keaney for Nagle